3 Tips To Boost Your Workflow In The Lab

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There are only so many hours in the day, so it's important to make the most of your time at work. As a chemist, it's your job to investigate unfamiliar substances to gain a better understanding of how they behave and react.

But, as with any type of investigation, you need to use a range of analytical techniques and instruments to do your job well.

Because you're required to use these techniques, the only options you have to increase your output are to put in more hours at work or to work smarter. Fortunately, it isn't too difficult to boost your workflow.

How To Increase Your Workflow As A Chemist

It can be challenging to stay on task and get great things done in the lab. Even when you're on the ball, certain projects often go faster than others.

Here are a few tricks you can use to help you improve your workflow on your own future projects:

  1. Consider getting a benchtop spectrometer. A benchtop NMR (nuclear magnetic resonance) can do wonders for your workflow. In fact, an NMR is one of the most useful methods and tools in modern chemistry. With your lab's own benchtop NMR you don't have to worry about outsourcing analytical costs and you can access your quantitative data quickly and easily.

  2. Accept your setbacks. Unfortunately, the nature of scientific research often involves failure. That said, don't try to keep going with a project after you've already spotted a problem. Instead, talk to your colleagues and your adviser. Then, when the time comes, you can make an informed decision on whether to move onto another project.

  3. Expect the unexpected. It's true you need to set a realistic timeline for your project. But you also need to expect things to come up when they're not expected. You may think you have all the time in the world to complete a work project, but your calendar can easily fill up. That said, leave some extra time in your schedule for each project you have. This will give you the time you need to complete it should you run into unexpected complications.

A benchtop NMR spectrometer can help you work more efficiently and successfully. To learn more about NMR applications and NMR interpretation software, contact Nanalysis today for more information.